Library to get $2-million boost

March 8, 2007

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By Stuart Colcleugh

SFU librarian Lynn Copeland and Rowland Lorimer, director of the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing (CCSP) are leading SFU's collaboration on two national projects that promise to revolutionize social sciences and humanities scholarly publishing in Canada.

SFU will receive $685,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, matched by SFU, for the Synergies project. It will create a national network for the production, storage and access to digitized knowledge produced in Canada, including peer-reviewed journal articles, datasets, theses, conference proceedings, scholarly books, and other unpublished material. Four of the five partner institutions will use the Open Journal Software developed by SFU and UBC through the Public Knowledge Project (PKP).

"Rowly and I are thrilled at the opportunity these two projects provide for the SFU Library and the CCSP to leverage our previously successful partnership with UBC's Public Knowledge Project," says Copeland. "As the developer of PKP's scholarly journal management software, we'll play a key role."

As a result of Synergies, researchers from across the country and around the world will be able to access Canadian scholarly material using a common searching tool, including 170 journals currently receiving funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

In a second project funded by CFI, the SFU Library will receive $314,000 from CFI, matched by SFU, to establish a digital infrastructure that will give researchers at 67 universities electronic access to an extensive range of key content in the social sciences and humanities from around the world.

An earlier initiative funded by CFI, the Canadian National Site Licensing Project, provided comparable resources for researchers working in the fields of science, technology and medicine.

Over-all, the CFI is spending $12 million to create a new generation of digital research infrastructure for the social sciences and humanities.

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